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Best shoes for traveling in Europe

best shoes for traveling in Europe

Best shoes for traveling in Europe. Before moving to Europe, I had a number of romantic notions of what it would mean to live here. I pictured myself traipsing lightly around in my favourite pair of heels, a basket with a baguette on one arm, gently steering my dog with the other. While I still see this vision quite clearly, reality has hit like a ton of bricks.  Yes I can be frequently seen carrying a baguette under one arm, but I’m also toting a bag of groceries and dragging my stubborn terrier through a crowd of people. The heels? Well, they only come out for important meetings or an evening out that doesn’t require much walking.

best shoes for traveling in Europe

All my dreams did not factor in a beautiful architectural element that Europe is famous for: cobblestones. Yes, that’s right, these beautiful stones which hold a rich and vivid history in their very existence, are most certainly not heel friendly. When I first arrived here I was determined not to look like a tourist (which is true for wherever I go) so I began to carefully examine what people were wearing. Luckily there are many choices. Here are a few tips that I picked up.

best shoes for traveling in Europe

Best shoes for traveling in Europe

Versatility. Make sure your shoes work with several different outfits. I couldn’t live without my slip on Michael Kors loafers or moccasins. This is my go to shoe. They act as the ideal base to both skirts and pants, as well as having great support, which is a necessity when you are walking around for 8+ hours a day. On intense sightseeing days I also like to have a pair of sandals in my purse, as it feels great to change up my footwear during a long day.

Comfort.  This is really the key to any successful outing. Nobody wants to cut short their day because of painful blisters. Thank goodness converse have become internationally accepted footwear as I have found them to be great sneakers for the everyday. Of course, I leave them at home when I go out in the evening or for the more discerning sightseeing destinations.

Style. The worst is seeing people wearing frumpy looking running shoes. I know they are probably comfortable, but with the wide availability of beautiful shoes on the market, it just doesn’t make sense. Besides, when traveling, the number one rule is to never stand out as a tourist. This just makes you into a target for every thief out there. For evening, I will opt for wearing a fun pair of wedges or a thicker heel (remember those dreaded cobblestones). The best part? Each choice will allow me to take a nice, romantic after dinner stroll.

best shoes for traveling in Europe

Remember, when traveling you don’t need to sacrifice comfort over style, just keep in mind that your goal is to visit remarkable landmarks, soak in the city you are visiting and most of all, have the time of your life.

Which shoes do you consider to be the best shoes for traveling in Europe?

These are some of my choices for the best shoes for traveling in Europe

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13 Comments

  1. the fashion dress

    Love them <3

    1. Thanks!
      xo

  2. Smart choices. You want shoes that both handle rough surfaces and look stylish. I love the wedge sandals in the upper-right corner photo.

  3. For day, I love flat boots for cooler weather and boat shoes for warmer days. Both are comfortable and easy to pair with a variety of clothes… plus it saves my feet for heels in the evening 🙂
    Tonie
    http://www.toniegirl.com

  4. Francesca Giagnorio

    Wedges, flats and sneakers are the best friends for travel! I totally agree with you!
    Really nice selection of shoes too 😀
    kisses

    Francesca http://everydaycoffee23.blogspot.it

  5. I like to wear sneakers or a pair of fancy black shoes….not heels….more of a upscale version of sneakers.

    http://kjandersen.org/

    1. That’s what I usually wear too. These cobblestones are killing me!
      xo

  6. I am with you wedges are my favorite to travel with!

    The Workette Blog.

  7. those are the perfect heels to travel and I love the color… definetely

  8. Josephina - Josephina Collection

    I can completely relate! Whenever I go to Paris, I pack a bunch of stilettos. Most of them never even leave my suitcase! Although I have to say, I see many Parisian women running around in them, even on the cobblestones. It’s pretty incredible. My favorite shoes for walking around/traveling in warm weather are sandals by Paul Green and Pedro Garcia. Not only are they comfortable, but they can look stylish too.

    xo,
    Josephina
    josephinacollection.com

  9. Perfect choices for walking around in style! xxx

    http://www.stylentonic.com

  10. Paola Lauretano

    Of course, perfect choices!!!!!
    I love sneakers for traveling!!!
    Have a nice day doll!!!

  11. Thanks for the heads up about shoes! I want to go to Europe sometime soon and I don’t know what I would take. Those cobblestones don’t sound like fun and I would have never known about them.

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